Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

With most fantasy football regular seasons quickly coming to a close, fantasy owners need to be careful on who to gamble on and who not to.  Let’s take a look at which quarterbacks are worth using for the coming week:

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. New York Giants
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  7. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  9. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  10. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at San Diego
  11. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Kansas City
  12. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Detroit
  13. Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Buffalo
  14. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at St. Louis
  15. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  16. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Denver
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. Jacksonville
  18. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Cincinnati
  19. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. Cleveland
  20. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
  21. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  22. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  23. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  24. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England
  25. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. San Francisco

Thoughts:

  • Week 12 was a “down” day for Peyton Manning, throwing for 285 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  I know it’s hard to call that a poor game, but it was just the second time in his past eight games where he hasn’t thrown for three touchdowns.  Against a Tampa Bay defense that entered the week allowing 312.6 passing yards per game (and allowed Matt Ryan to throw for 353), it’s easy to imagine Manning having another monster week.
  • For the second consecutive week Robert Griffin III posted impressive passing numbers, throwing for 311 yards and four touchdowns (he’s thrown for eight passing touchdowns over his past two games).  Is anyone still worried about him?  Throw in his ability on the ground and it’s hard not to consider him among the elite options in the league.
  • Most people’s problems with Matthew Stafford has been his touchdown numbers and nothing else.  However, after throwing for 441 yards and two touchdowns in Week 12, he now has six touchdowns over the past three games.  He also faces a Colts’ defense that has allowed 19 passing touchdowns this season versus just five interceptions.  He’s back to being a top option in all formats.
  • You would think the matchup against the Falcons would worry Drew Brees owners, at least a little bit.  However, after seeing him put up impressive numbers against the San Francisco 49ers, he remains one of the top options in the league.
  • You have to like Eli Manning’s matchup with the Washington Redskins, especially after he looked significantly better in Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers.  Use him with confidence once again.
  • Colin Kaepernick was impressive once again, leading the 49ers to a victory over the New Orleans Saints.  He threw for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while adding 27 rushing yards and a touchdown.  With his ability both through the air and on the ground, he has to be considered a viable fill-in and a definite QB2.
  • Not a believer of Chad Henne’s Week 11 performance?  He tossed for 261 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Week 12.  At this point it is hard to argue against him, especially taking on a Bills’ defense that has allowed that has allowed 20 passing touchdowns this season.  Consider him a viable QB2 in all formats.
  • It wasn’t long ago (Week 11 to be exact) that the Steelers’ defense limited Joe Flacco to 164 yards and no touchdowns.  He did throw for 524 yards and four touchdowns against them in 2011, so he needs to remain a low-end QB2, but he can’t be seen as more than that.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 13 rankings:

Week 13 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends
Week 12 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

9 comments

  1. Andrew says:

    Not that either is a compelling option, but you forgot Cutler and Russ Wilson.

  2. Joe says:

    Off topic, but are there any defenses you would stash for week 15 and 16 (not including CHicago and San Fran)?

  3. James says:

    If Big Ben comes back, would you think he’d be better or worse than Josh Freeman?

  4. Joe – I’ve gotta look carefully at schedules. Any idea who the top waiver options are?

    James – Doesn’t look like he’s coming back anyways, but it would be close. Having missed a few weeks, he would be a risky option though, so I’d probably lean Freeman.

  5. Brandon says:

    After cams Monday night performance do you move him up due to his hot streak?

    Also I’m going to roll the dice at RB week 13 and go Doug Martin, Quizz, and prolly bryce brown cause it sounds like hell get another start. Leaves me to cover 2 WR spots. Welker is a no brainer, but the other is either Britt, Maclin, Austin or hartline

    Could also go Vereen Ballard or j bell in the other spot as my league has 5 positions 1 WR 1RB the rest flex. 1 point PPR

  6. Joe says:

    Looking at Cleveland, New England, San Diego, Miami, Buffalo, and Indy all look ok to me. Going to hold onto 2 defense and looking to pick up Cleveland at least for this week and next.

  7. sdg8trgrl says:

    Who would you keep or drop going into week 14 – I’m holding on to Big Ben, but have Romo and Fitzpatrick and need to get rid of one. I’m leaning toward keeping Romo. Thoughts?

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